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Meet Actor Antoinette Martin-Hanson

Antoinette (Toni) is performing the role of "Margo" in All the Wrong Places, the next #newworkshop selection in Now & Then's 3rd season. Artistic Director John Perovich had a chance to speak with Toni about the role and her process for the workshop. All the Wrong Places by Maybe Stewart will be presented to audiences Friday, September 13 at 7:30PM and Saturday, September 14 at 11:00AM.

John Perovich (JP): Can you share a bit about your character with us?

Antoinette Martin-Hanson (AMH): Margo has been dating Lane for three years, but they have been friends since middle school. She is blunt, passionate and kind of an asshole, but deep down she is just responding to the insecurities that come from not knowing how to communicate with those she cares about.

JP: Our week together is so different from a traditional rehearsal process. Could you talk a bit about how you approached this workshop?

AMH: For me, as an actor finding my character, I try to find something about the character that I bond with and understand and then build an understanding relationship between the two. I try my best to never judge a character by putting labels on them such as bad, good, evil, or righteous, because at the end of the day, I'm going up on the stage to depict a human. Not a mythical being. A human. And humans have faults, but that is part of what makes them beautiful. This workshop has been different for me, because over the last year I have rediscovered my love of writing and have remembered how much I love literature of all facets. Maybe has done a beautiful job in finding some wonderful words and sentence structures that I find to be kind of inspiring.

JP: We've kept coming back to that idea of human and humanity this week—and how well Maybe depicts and interrogates our humanity. Final question, there are so many options for seeing theatre in the valley or staying at home to stream from so many providers. Why should audiences check out All the Wrong Places?

AMH: You should come out and see All the Wrong Places because it is a story that needs to be told. There is by far NOT enough representations of the LGBTQ community on stage in this form of light and it is truly beautiful to see. It's been an honor to be a part of the process and I can't imagine there being one person in the world who is not seeking acceptance and understanding. Take the time and help more representation make it to the stage. Workshopping is important and leads toward the theatre of tomorrow.

All the Wrong Places by Maybe Stewart will be presented to audiences this Friday, September 13 at 7:30PM and Saturday, September 14 at 11:00AM. For info and tickets, click here.